David killed Goliath with just a single sling shot so slingshots should never be taken for granted. It is a very simple weapon yet it can also be very lethal. If a giant was killed by a single sling shot then this simple weapon should not be taken for granted. It is not a toy that should be left lying around for kids to play with. Bear in mind that slingshots are lethal.
History of Slingshots
Slingshots were used by people for a long time. It was used as hunting weapon. The very first slingshots were very simple and used a thong and a pouch. From the simple slingshots a more accurate models were made. The innovated slingshots use a y-shaped frame with two elastic strips attached to it. At the end of the elastic strips is a pouch that is usually made of leather.
The use of elastic strips started after rubber was invented. Around 1818 slingshots that use iron frames became popular. These slingshots are used for hunting small games. The surge in the use of hunting slingshots however gained popularity after World War II. This was after a do it yourself slingshot was introduced using dogwood frame that could take out a small game using an 8 mm diameter buckshot.
Later on hunting slingshots that have arrowhead rest were made. These hunting slingshots could take on bigger games. Then more innovations were introduced like the use of rubber tubing and the slingshot body that provides a wrist rest for better accuracy.
Use of slingshots
Slingshots were not just used for hunting. In fact years ago it was used by juvenile delinquents before it was transformed to a nobler use. It was only after later that hunting slingshots became popular. Here are the uses of a slingshot:
Hunting slingshots were used to hunt small games like fowl and rabbits. There are hunting slingshots enthusiasts that only hunt using slingshots.
The slingshot was also used in military operations but it was mostly used by the guerillas. The Irish Republican Army used and its use was promoted by Saddam Hussein.
There are toy slingshots. These are not something that should be given to children as toys but there are toy manufacturers who make plastic slingshots for kids.
It should be remembered that slingshots are lethal so it should be used responsibly.
Ballistic gelatin has been a test matter for us here at The Slingshot Channel for some time now. But there has been a lot of debate wether or not it REALLY simulates human flesh. Well, it simulates just a hunk of meat – like a nice piece of beef ready for the oven. What it lacks is bone, skin, and clothes.
Therefore, in this video a 10kg (22lb) block of gelatin has been “modded” – a piece of floor board simulates bone, and got deeply set into the gelatin. Leather from an old glove simulates skin, and a towel replaces more fancy clothes.
It works – a 25 mm steel ball, fired from an incredibly powerful winch operated slingshot crossbow, almosts lifts the entire block off the table – but can not penetrate the gel block through the towel and the leather.
A throwing knife, fired from a specifically designed slingshot crossbow at about 150 mph, easily goes through the towel, leather, gel and even through the floor board.
Even though the energy of the steel ball was no doubts higher than the energy of the knife, it was the pointy, sharp blade that made the difference – the pressure per square inch is a lot higher. A simple explanation based on the laws of physics.
The video also reveals a side effect of the “band catching” construction of the knife shooter – the shot is really, really silent, almost inaudible.
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This video features a kind of homemade “chain saw”. The weapon consists of eight razor sharp, serrated steak knifes that rotate at fast speed. A battery drill is the power source, using a transmission with a rubber band as a belt.
See how the sharp blades smash things up pretty good!
The entire device is home made, including the pulley wheels. Just the knifes and the drill were bought (cheaply) at amazon.
The video also features three nice handmade conventional slingshots.
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The walkback slingshot was presented in an earlier video already, but due to the lack of space it wasn’t tested with steel balls before.
This test – requested by many viewers – was now performed. Watch how the team warms up and the reliably hit the hay bail from 44 yards distance!
The heavy steel ball goes in about two feet.
This weapon is highly portable and very powerful.
Also, as requested by the audience, the chest plate “Massacre Master” slingshot is tested on longer distances, too – with nice results.
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This new video is actually more like a general update on things here at the Slingshot Channel.
See the pencil launcher with doubled up rubber and new, specifically made arrows, see the Cold Steel blowgun and a “rivalling” homemade rubber based “Hawaiian Speargun”, watch how the Cold Steel “Voyager” does against a Zombie Head simulating coconut, plus a “meat shoe”, and last not least look at the performance of the Cold Steel Shillelagh against coconuts in super slow motion.
Very strong bald German guy shoots with a deadly slingshot (heavy rubber tubes) at a motorcycle helmet. Incredibly big steel bullets are used. The video includes a slow motion of the dramatic effect. A ricochetting bullet still has enough power to smash a window, making the production involuntarily expensive…
20 hits in a row in a 1 3/8″ circle from 40 feet away. At present this is the most hits in a row ever recorded on a target of this size or smaller, and from 33′ or farther… in the World.
The previous known record was set by Blue Skeen sometime in the ’70s… 16 hit’s hitting the black bullseye on a 1″ paper target from 33′, so edge hits counted. Therefore the circle cut into the rubber mat was cut a little larger than an inch to accomodate what would be hits on the edge of the black as well.